Telecom services provider Vodafone India has launched 2G and 3G services on its own network in Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh and with this, the company becomes the first operator to provide services in the region.
Vodafone has been rolling out its own 3G network in a phased manner across Assam and North East ((ANE)) Circle and with the latest launch, the company now covers about 70% of the population in the ANE circle.
It has introduced a ‘3G Experience Card’ free of cost for customers to access 3G services. The card offers free 30 MB 3G data and has a validity of one day. It is available at all Vodafone stores, Mini stores and multi-brand retail outlets across the region.
In addition to Changlang, the company has also recently announced the launch of its own 3G services in Jorhat and Guwahati in Assam, Itanagar, Bomdila, Tawang, Along, Basar, Bhalukpong, Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh and Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland.
In Assam and North East Circle, Vodafone operates in seven states spanning across more than 17,300 towns and villages. The company has over 4,800 cell sites, more than 69,000 distribution touch points and over 310 retail touch points for customer service in the circle. The distribution network caters to overall subscriber base of 4.7 million in the circle.
Alok Verma, Business Head–Assam and North East, Vodafone India, said, “We are the first private telecom operator to launch services in Changlang and with this expansion; we now cover more than 70 percent of the population in Assam and North East. Our objective is to be the preferred telecom service provider in Assam and North East Circle and be seen as a company that offers value. We will continue to further ramp up our network to provide uninterrupted service experience to our customers.”
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